This blog has reported a number of deaths and serious injuries from car crashes on the roads of Massachusetts. Tragically, there is another incident to add to that number. Recently, a car that was traveling northbound on I -495 apparently went out of control, hit the median and then struck a southbound car in a head on collision. The car accident occurred in Methuen, Massachusetts.
Police are continuing to investigate the cause of this car crash and to ascertain why the northbound car was out of control. At this point, there is no indication in the report that drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident. The driver of the southbound vehicle, a 32-year-old male, was killed as a result of the crash. The driver of the northbound vehicle was seriously injured in the crash; he was airlifted to a hospital.
It is unknown whether the northbound driver was negligently driving his vehicle when it spun out of control. Often factors such as excessive speed, carelessness, distraction from cell phones or the influence of drugs or alcohol can contribute to losing control of a vehicle.
If it can be established that the driver of the northbound vehicle was being negligent, the surviving family members of the 32-year-old whose life was lost will likely be able to recover monetary damages in a wrongful death action against the estate of the deceased driver. These damages may include loss of companionship, loss of future wages, past medical expenses and pain and suffering among others.
Source : Masslive.com, "Mass. police: 1 killed in Interstate 495 crash," Sept. 21, 2012